Category Archives: Senators

Senators want to extend grace period for reinstating tens of thousands of retirees’ lost Tricare Select coverage

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Two senators have introduced legislation to extend the reinstatement period for tens of thousands of military retirees who have lost their health care coverage because they didn’t set up their payments for the new enrollment fee. By law, in order to continue coverage under Tricare Select, retiree sponsors were required to start paying new monthly […]

Senators ask for pause on Army’s new fitness test, call it ‘premature’

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Two senators are asking for a delay in the Army’s implementation of its new combat fitness test, or ACFT, pending an independent study of how it will effect critical career fields and soldiers deployed to austere outposts. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked in a letter sent Tuesday to the House and […]

Senators want answers on delayed rights for military housing tenants

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Lawmakers are pushing Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for answers on the status of key protections for tenants of military housing which haven’t been put into place yet. In June, Defense officials said 14 of the 18 rights in the tenant bill of rights had been implemented in privatized housing communities. The four key remaining […]

Senators promised a ‘new command climate’ at Fort Hood in 90 days

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The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman and ranking member said they were “encouraged by the accountability and commitment to change” they saw from Fort Hood’s new senior commander following a visit to the central Texas installation this week. Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV was made the post’s acting commander in September. That announcement was […]

Senators seek answers from Navy on human trafficking by sailors in Bahrain

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Three U.S. senators are calling on Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite to provide answers regarding what the sea service is doing about human trafficking involving U.S. sailors stationed on the Middle Eastern island nation of Bahrain. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, sent a letter to Braithwaite on Tuesday […]

Senators take on some core issues for military families

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Senators aim to get at the heart of some long-standing issues affecting military families, with a slew of proposed legislation addressing family readiness, child care and other concerns. One of the bills would put more teeth into family readiness requirements for military commanders by making it part of the command climate assessment, said Sen. Richard […]